Oh Siestas, it has been a day. My Chris has been home sick all day with a stomach flu since 5 am. Our Sydney got sick, too and the rest of us celebrated our Kylie's 9th birthday. I have been this tired before, but it has been quite awhile.
And yet, I find that my heart swells with joy as we look forward to the holiday season! I love the holidays. I never tire of them and never have gotten to the point where I have been ready for them to be over. I just love them. I love family gatherings. I love the laughter, the smiles and truly? I love the food that is available!
This year is especially wondrous, since we will sit at my Chris' family's table for the first time in four years for Thanksgiving. Chris has already been talking about the fare that will be dished up! And me? I love to hear their family together. That is even better than the shrimp dip that Chris' sister makes (you can make it from this recipe here).
I love the anticipation! I love the planning. I love serving up a favorite dish and hearing from him that it is as good, if not better than his mom's. That is a high compliment, indeed!
Oh, and I love fried turkey! I love it when it is so hot it will nearly burn your tongue as you eat it. And I love to chase it down with some tasty, southern sweet tea. Also? I love to taste the turkey, before it is being offered. I think it is the one instance where "stolen food tastes sweet" could not be a bad thing. How can it be wrong when it tastes so right??
Oh my. It is is a slippery slope, isn't it--pushing those limits? Lord, help us.
I do not love being responsible for making all of the food, serving it to just my family of six, and cleaning off the meat from the turkey bones after it's been served once or twice. This has been our story the past three years. We have no family here, so holidays have been a bit different. There is both good and bad in the mix. We have invited folks to share with us. We have made new memories.
But OH! How I love to put my feet under my Mother-in-law's rich, mahogany, table for 12 and hear the banter and laughter of brothers, sisters and parents. I love the lazy Susan in the middle of the table. And I love, love, love how this Baptist family will bring out the brandy sauce to go on top of the Christmas Cake Custard. That just makes me smile. I think it is just fun. It's the little things sometimes that make me smile the biggest.
To share the love with you dear ones, I will begin the season with this very recipe. It's in the cookbook, if you have one, on page 203. His Mom makes it just as often at Thanksgiving, as she does at Christmas. We all love to tease about how we could just drink the sauce. It will surely make you want to have seconds, if your tummy can handle its rich goodness.
Christmas Cake Custard
4 c. cubed pound cake
1 qt. light cream
7 med. eggs
1 c. sugar
¼ t. vanilla
1 T. butter
pinch of nutmeg
Beat eggs. Heat cream in microwave 'til warm. Add rest of ingredients, except pound cake.
In 12x8x2" pan spread the cakes cubes evenly on bottom. Pour liquid over the top and press down to soak up the liquid. Bake for 50 minutes in a water bath (put this pan in a larger pan with water in it) in 350 degree oven. Remove and cover with brandy sauce...topped with whipped cream!
½ lb. butter
1 lb. dark brown sugar
2 lemons (juice and zest)
2 eggs (beaten)
Place all in heavy sauce pan and cook on med-hi heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Then add ½ c. Apricot brandy.
So, what have you tried lately that you want to share? Are there any recipes from the cookbook you have enjoyed? How about Thanksgiving?
Over the next 3 weeks, I'd love for us to begin sharing our family must-have RECIPES at the Thanksgiving table--also the recipes of leftover dishes that you make this time of year. So be thinking about what you'd like to share! On the fourth and fifth weeks, I will publish the recipes in the post. First, I will share the recipes for the table. And the day before Thanksgiving, I'll post the leftover fare. Whatdya think? Are you in?
If so, just post them in the comments from the recipe talk posts or email them to me at chrishollysmith at msn dot com, if you'd rather. Thanks Siestas. You know...I love you all so much. I am giving thanks for YOU all to Jesus right this minute.